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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Baby Graeme is here!

Mark and Amanda (my brother and sister-in-law) had their baby last night! Marcus Graeme was born at 7:49 weighing 9lb 10.4oz and is 22 inches long! They're going to call him Graeme (pronounced like Graham...it's the Welsh spelling since Evans is a Welsh name). Amanda had a really long labor and ended up having to have a c-section...she a whole lot braver than I think I could ever be! We're very thankful for his safe arrival. He's really cute...he looks like he's going to have blonde hair. My pictures didn't turn out as well as I had hoped - Mark is being kind of silly in one of them. :-) When I get some better pictures I'll post them.





















Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bargain!

I just had to share about a great deal that I found last week. I've been looking for another double stroller so that when this baby arrives Adam and I can still go for long, brisk walks without using a front or back carrier. I've looked at consignment stores and sales (of which there were 4 here in March!) and haven't been able to find one for under $100. Even the old beat up ones were so expensive! A friend and I traveled about an hour last week to go to a huge consignment sale and I came back with some great deals on clothes, but a little discouraged about the prospect of being able to get another double stroller. We got back into town a little early and the kids were napping at my Mom's house, so I just stopped in the Salvation Army to see what they had. And this is what I found...

















The picture is a little blurry, but it's a Maclaren Twin Traveller...the couple of websites I found them on are selling them for anywhere between $200-$350 new. I got mine for $25!!! The seat covers were a little dirty, but I took them off and threw them in the washer and they came out great! The tires have some wear on them, but they've definitely got a lot of mileage left in them. I'm so excited and thankful that I was able to find it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pictures

We've had some beautiful weather here lately! It's been around 75 and sunny for several days now and it's supposed to be that way for the rest of the week. Brian and Alyssa (my brother and sister-in-law) were here from Virginia last week and we had a good time with them. Here are some pictures from our week!

Our little farmer



















Bright sun!














Uncle Brian and Aunt Alyssa with Esther















An owl perched on our back fence...one of two that has been flying around back there!















Abigail "going shopping"

Friday, March 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Abigail!!

Abigail is 2 today! We're actually celebrating her birthday on Sunday after church, but we took the kids to Chick-fil-A today for lunch. Abigail likes any place that has french fries, but I think Chick-fil-A is her favorite! Here are some things about Abigail that I love!

A- Active...she's always going!
B- Bold...she's not at all shy. She's been known to tell complete strangers "Hi. I La Lou!"
(Probably something that we should work on!)
I- Interesting...she has the funniest expressions and she keeps us laughing.
G- Giving...she likes to get toys off the shelf and give them to Joshua or Esther.
A- Attentive...she listens when we talk to her or read to her. She pays attention to almost
everything and picks up so much so quickly.
I- Imitator...She loves to do "Mama stuff". She gets out her iron and ironing board when she sees me ironing, takes care of her baby dolls, asks to help me load the washer and make lunch...she always wants to help Mama.
L- Loves God...she often verbally reminds herself and Joshua to "obey God". She loves to recite her catechism questions (or ask us the questions!), read the Bible, and sing from the hymnal.

Since I don't have any birthday party pictures I thought I'd post a few pictures of Abigail's first 2 years of life! Well, okay, a little more than a few. I had a hard time narrowing it down to these!

Family of 4!!














Mama-Daughter moment


















Sweet Abigail














Funny Face














Ready for church!













Shopping for Papa's birthday lobster













Abigail's 1st birthday













At the zoo














Having a picnic and enjoying an outdoor symphony concert













Taking a spin with Joshua


















Operating heavy machinery!














Abigail would be set if it ever snowed here!


















Enjoying her Chick-fil-A birthday lunch today! (her milk ended up all down the front of her dress!)

Monday, March 12, 2007

IT'S A..........

SURPRISE!!!! I had my ultrasound this morning! We had decided that if Adam thought he could tell the gender then we would find out for sure, but if not then we wouldn't ask. The baby was being very modest and the umbilical cord was wrapped around his/her legs, so we couldn't tell. I won't have another ultrasound unless there's a problem, so this baby will be a surprise! I didn't want to know, so I'm glad. They said the baby looks great! We really didn't get good pictures...we have a good profile shot of Joshua, Abigail, and Esther at 20 weeks, but we didn't get one this morning. There's really only one picture that was worth posting and it's a 3D of the baby's feet! You can see the cord wrapped around the legs.

Charleston

Adam and I took a short trip to Charleston, SC last week for his graduation/anniversary present. Graduation isn't until May and our anniversary isn't until April, but we took advantage of a two-day break that he had from classes. He usually plans any trips that we take, but I wanted it to be a surprise for him, so I kind of planned this one. He doesn't like surprises much though, so really the only thing that stayed a surprise was our accommodations. We stayed at the 1837 Bed and Breakfast in Charleston's historic district. We did a good bit of walking and eating! It was lots of fun, although it was a bit chilly and very windy and I didn't take a heavy enough coat! It was the first time that we had left the children for more than a couple of hours. That was hard, but I didn't worry about them as much as I thought I would. They were in great hands back at our house with Grandma Evans! We definitely enjoyed ourselves, and it was nice for just the two of us to get away, but we both agree that we enjoy vacations with the kids a lot more!

Here is a picture of us at our bed and breakfast. I think I'm in the middle of a blink, but this is the only picture we got of ourselves, so it'll have to do!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Pregnancy Update

I thought that since this week marks the halfway point of my pregnancy (already!) I would post a picture of myself and give you a little update. I'll be 20 weeks on Thursday! Everything is going very well and I've been feeling the baby for almost 3 weeks now. I think it might be a boy. I didn't ever have those little fluttery feelings that make you wonder if it's the baby or indigestion. I was just sitting on the couch reading and POW!! He/she kicks pretty hard already! We have our ultrasound this coming Monday, but we're not sure yet if we're going to find out the gender. Adam wants to know, but I'd kind of like to be surprised. We may not decide until we get there! I've gained three pounds so far, but I'm expecting that I'll put on a few more in the next couple of weeks. My birthday was yesterday and Abigail's is the 16th, so I'm sure all of the cake and ice cream will put me into maternity clothes!

We've run into a little hitch with who will be delivering the baby. For those of you who don't know, I go to a midwifery practice at the local medical college/hospital. They are very supportive of natural, hands off kind of pregnancy and birth, but they do deliver at the hospital. When I was pregnant with Esther there were two midwives, but one of them is pregnant (due the same week that I am), and she has moved to Texas anyway! So that leaves one midwife (Jane) to run the clinic and deliver the babies, and there are a LOT of women in the practice. So, to make a long story short, "the board" has told Jane that she needs to just run the clinic and that she cannot deliver any babies right now. Since this is a teaching hospital, that means that residents will be delivering all of the midwifery patients. So I would go into labor and show up at the hospital and whoever happened to be the resident working that day (probably a man about my age that I've never seen before) would deliver the baby. I'm sure there are some wonderful residents out there, but no thanks! Jane is upset with the decision, but she doesn't really have any say in it. The nurse encouraged me to write a letter to "the board", which I have done. Hopefully they will change their minds in the next couple of months, or at least hire a couple more midwives (which they've been trying to do for a year now...apparently they're in pretty high demand). If nothing changes within the next few months we feel that I should switch to a different practice. As far as I know, there is only one ob/gyn in town that is kind of natural-minded and is not quick to do a lot of unnecessary interventions. He's a man, which I'm not thrilled about, but he may be my only option. I am praying that they'll get two new midwives over at the medical college...I'd appreciate your prayers as well.

Anyway, here are a couple of pictures!

Not really looking pregnant yet...just kind of fat! :-)


















Adam came home between school and work yesterday and brought me these roses for my birhday!

















This is what Adam and my babies gave me for my birthday. I'm really excited about it! I made a double batch of spaghetti sauce in it and it only filled it about half full! And the lid latches on so I can take it places without spilling things all over the van!!

Friday, March 02, 2007

To the Park!

We've had a couple days of wonderful, sunny, 70-ish weather here recently. Joshua and Abigail ask to go to the park almost every day, so we've been several times this past week.

Eating snacks at the park

















Papa toting Esther and the snacks to the park in his bag



















I've been working on making curtains for Joshua and Abigail's room for a few weeks now. I have very little patience with sewing, and even less knowledge and experience, so it's taken me a little while, but I'm done! I saw some curtains that I liked in the Pottery Barn Kids magazine, but they're pretty pricey, even on sale! So I thought I could make something similar without too much trouble and expense. I did it for a little less than $4 per window...less than $12 for the whole room (including the curtain rod). They're definitely not perfect, and I'm glad you're looking at them through your computer screen...that way you can't get any closer and laugh at my crooked seams and sticky velcro and the other odd things that I used to make them! :-) But hey, they work and I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. Here's a picture!














We were supposed to have Bible study tonight, but it got canceled, so Adam decided that we could take the money that we were planning to spend on a babysitter and use it to go out to eat! Yahoo! We're going to Bobby's Barbeque...a local barbeque buffet that is REALLY good, especially when you're pregnant! So we're off to take a walk in the beautiful weather and eat at "Bobby's Q", as Abigail calls it!